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Sound and SightPoetry and Courtier Culture in the Yongming Era (483-493)$
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Meow Goh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804768597

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804768597.001.0001

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Knowing Sound

Knowing Sound

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Sound and Sight
Stanford University Press

This chapter considers the issue of sound in the works of Yongming poets. It examines how they pursued, displayed, and received poetic sound patterns within their courtier community and highlights the invention of a new form of poetic prosody that used the concept of “four tones” or sisheng. The chapter also explores how the Yongming poets created a new notion of cultural excellence and how they assumed a Buddhist perspective in the process of their poetry.

Keywords:   sound, Yongming poets, courtier community, poetic prosody, sisheng, cultural excellence, Buddhist perspective

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